A night to remember for Connect
Connect triumphed at the Public Affairs Awards last night (Tuesday 9 December 2014) as we walked away with two awards: our fantastic Chief Executive Gill Morris won the Lifetime Achievement Award, and our work with Pimlico Plumbers to raise the profile of apprenticeships was recognised in the Corporate Campaign of the Year category.
For the second time in two weeks Gill was recognised for the amazing contribution she has made to the public affairs industry, spearheading the efforts to improve the transparency, the practices and perception of the public affairs industry. On winning her award, Gill announced Connect’s exciting new plans to enter new markets, expanding beyond its long-standing focus on Westminster and Whitehall.
“To be recognised once was lovely, to be recognised twice in less than one week is just wonderful. I am committed to fighting for greater professionalism and transparency, ethical lobbying in the UK, and am excited for the future. I plan to work harder than I ever have for Connect, to seek out new opportunities, building our network, raising our profile in non-traditional areas and capitalising on our existing success and established reputation.
“I am also delighted that our friends at Pimlico Plumbers were celebrated for what was a brilliant, innovative campaign.”
Connect has been working with Pimlico Plumbers since early 2014 on a national campaign aimed at boosting the number of apprenticeships in the UK, securing greater support for SMEs that want to take on apprentices, and ensuring that the value of apprenticeships is fully understood by Government. This included the ‘Plumbing Challenge’ at Conservative Party Conference, which saw Prime Minister David Cameron, and Cabinet Members George Osborne, Theresa May, Nicky Morgan, Eric Pickles and William Hague all rolling their sleeves up to fix a u-bend in the shortest time possible.
Charlie Mullins, Managing Director of Pimlico Plumbers said:
“Winning the Corporate Campaign of the Year award with Connect Communications last night was a victory for the apprenticeship as an institution, and for all the potential ‘real apprentices’ out there, who will benefit from being given the same opportunity as I was, at the age of 15.
“To me this award symbolises much more than the mere recognition of the achievements of our apprenticeship campaign over the past 12 months. It’s about how we, and others, have rehabilitated the idea that learning a trade from a skilled practitioner, on the job, over a period of years is every bit as valid and economically useful as a university degree.”
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